This week in comms: 9 November 2018

This new weekly blog brings together links to a selection of news pieces and other materials we’ve produced. Sharing by staff, students and partners is really helpful as we work together to communicate our successes – why not find something you find interesting and send out a link in your own social media?
Your ideas for stories we can be doing are very welcome; please email them to press@edgehill.ac.uk

We’ve put the Year of Successes publication online here – everything great that happened in 2017-18 in one place.
– if you want printed copies for yourself or to send to your contacts just ask Kerry Smith.

News Stories

Here are some of the stories we published and sent out to the media.

Edge Hill students gain invaluable insight into the literary world
‘Creative Writing students from Edge Hill gained a wealth of literary experience when they interned at two high profile University events in London.’ A great example of a Student Opportunity Fund activity.

Winner of prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Prize revealed
‘The hotly anticipated winner of the prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Prize has been announced with literary giant Tessa Hadley winning the £10,000 prize.’

Delivering political messages through theatre in new Edge Hill Press book
‘The third title from Edge Hill University Press was celebrated at an event in Foyles bookshop in London on Friday 2 November, part of a series of UK launch events.’

Graduate’s debut play strips away the stereotype
‘First class Drama graduate Sarah Sharp has set up her own theatre company, Succour Punch Theatre, who will perform Stripped at the University’s Arts Centre on Wednesday 21st November.’

Supporting young women to be leaders of today, not just tomorrow
‘Strengthening how organisations support young women leaders was discussed by an Edge Hill academic during a research trip to Geneva with members of the World Young Women’s Christian Association (World YWCA).’

Vampires and Britain’s mythical Queen Marie of Romania explored at special Romanian centenary event
‘Vampires and the mythical character of Britain’s forgotten Queen Marie of Romania will be explored at a special event celebrating Romania’s centenary.
Edge Hill University is hosting Queen of the Damned celebrating the life and mystery of Queen Marie whose heart lies buried in Transylvania’s clifftop Bran Castle, famed for being the home of Dracula.’

High climbing researcher part of vital worldwide plant research group
‘An Edge Hill University lecturer is helping to create a vital worldwide research group studying a special group of plants which grow high up in the canopy of tropical forests. Senior Lecturer in Plant Science Sven Batke, is one of the world’s leading researchers studying epiphytes (air plants) which don’t take root in soil and include ferns and orchids.’

The Weirdos come to Edge Hill
‘Edge Hill graduate Peter Miller is joining forces with Mike McGear-McCartney to bring to life his ‘Weirdo’ series of sketches in the form of a series of animations.’

Academics challenge ballet images with ageing, fat dancers in ‘The Buttcracker’
‘Edge Hill University academics are challenging the image of ballet by re-creating and queering photos of ageing and fat dancers in The Buttcracker.’ (Mark Edward, Helen Newall).

Selected External Coverage
(This excluding things like What’s On listings, useful though these are; for instance the Lancashire Evening post uses our material and has a 73.8k reach.)

The Bookseller (114k reach)
Hadley scoops £10k Edge Hill Prize for Bad Dreams
Coverage of the Short Story prize in a key industry publication.

Express (22.7m reach)
WARNING for Brexiteers: Professor highlights KEY issue if Theresa May’s deal is voted down
‘Professor Francesco Rizzuto from Edge Hill University warned RT that voting down Mrs May’s deal could only lead to a general election and a delay to the UK leaving the EU.’ (includes the Russia Today video.)

Plant-Based News (200k reach)
Not Just What’s On Your Plate: How Veganism Is Changing The Arts
Quotes EHU research

Wigan Today (40.7k reach)
Wigan woman to help those with life-limiting conditions
Nice story about an FoE graduate

SWLondoner (7.21k reach)
Aspiring Twickenham writer calls for fewer barriers to success for people with dyslexia
Quotes EHU research.

The Conversation

The most recent Conversation piece was Oct 21, GTA Grace Robinson writing about teenage drug runners (5,914 reads)

And that’s not all…

If you like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter you will find many stories and posts to share.

Over on Instagram we’re posting photos on a daily basis. More about tagging in next week’s post.

If you check out our YouTube channel you will find many subject videos to watch and share.

We also produce podcasts like this one about the Edge Hill Press book.

That’s all for this week’s summary. Do get in touch if there is something you’d like to feature here, or anything we can base future stories on.